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Old 02-13-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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Default Full Boil AND Late Extract Addition?

Well, I've done some searching and haven't really found a satisfying answer. I'm just about set up for full wort boils. Up until now I've been doing 4 gallon stovetop boils and using the late extract addition technique with very good results. I'm wondering if I should continue to utilize late extract additions with full boils?

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Old 02-13-2012, 11:49 PM   #2
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Well, I've done some searching and haven't really found a satisfying answer. I'm just about set up for full wort boils. Up until now I've been doing 4 gallon stovetop boils and using the late extract addition technique with very good results. I'm wondering if I should continue to utilize late extract additions with full boils?
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:16 AM   #3
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That was my feeling as well. I think I'll just do some experimenting with it.

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My instinct is no, if you're starting with a 6.5 gallon boil. The reason is you'd be simulating the wort composition of the same batch of beer as an AG, so I don't see a real advantage to adding the extract late in a full boil.

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Old 02-14-2012, 03:05 PM   #5
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My instinct is no, if you're starting with a 6.5 gallon boil. The reason is you'd be simulating the wort composition of the same batch of beer as an AG, so I don't see a real advantage to adding the extract late in a full boil.
Well I've thought about that too. But still, I would think it would be silly (and maybe even detrimental) to boil all of that extract for a full hour. I'd think I would still get some noticeable darkening if I boiled all the extract for a full hour, even with a 6-6.5 gallon boil.
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I thought the theory for late extract addition was for optimal hop utilization.

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Well I've thought about that too. But still, I would think it would be silly (and maybe even detrimental) to boil all of that extract for a full hour. I'd think I would still get some noticeable darkening if I boiled all the extract for a full hour, even with a 6-6.5 gallon boil.
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, The extract has been boiled already in the manufacturing process. Boiling it again for the full time may darken it and add different (darker) flavors you may have not planned on. This may not be a factor in darker beers, but if your doing a lighter more delicate beer than a late addition boil is a must.

I boil 1/3 of my extract the whole time and the rest i add in the last 20- 30 minutes. With good results.
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Yeah fixitoscar, Thats about the same amount of extract I have been boiling when doing partial boils. I think I'll stick with that method until I move on to partial mash.

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Every IPA/APA I made when I started brewing a year ago(all 6+ gallon boils) was the same amber color when boiling the full amount of DME or LME. Late additions fixed that and saves on hop usage at the same time. Win, win.

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Every IPA/APA I made when I started brewing a year ago(all 6+ gallon boils) was the same amber color when boiling the full amount of DME or LME. Late additions fixed that and saves on hop usage at the same time. Win, win.
Yeah, Im working on an APA recipe right now. The full boil & late extract addition definitely saves on hops.
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